There is a substantial body of evidence that shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds, whether that be because of socio-economic circumstances, or due to family upheaval, generally face significant additional challenges in reaching their potential at school. Consequently many do not perform as well as their peers from more advantaged backgrounds with often large gaps seen between the achievements of each group, indeed, after prior attainment, poverty is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances.
At Uffculme School we are committed to maximising the achievement, progress and wider development of disadvantaged pupils, and narrowing the gap between the outcomes of these students and their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. Our ambition is that no child is left behind socially or academically because of their background and the consequent disadvantage that might arise as a result of this.
The Pupil Premium is a fund which comes directly into school from the government to help us to achieve these aims. It is targeted at students who are or have received Free School Meals at any time in the past 6 years; or are ‘looked after children’ who are in the care of a local authority; or have been adopted having previously been a looked after by a local authority. The Recovery Premium is a one-off grant that all state-funded schools have been awarded in the 2021-22 academic year to further help schools deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
The plans below, set out the strategic actions we will take with the additional funding we have been allocated in order to tackle the main areas of challenge facing our disadvantaged students
If you would like more information please contact Mr John Roberts, Deputy Headteacher (the member of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for Pupil Premium) at RobertsJ@uffculmeschool.net
For queries about using your child's Pupil Premium allocation, please contact Mrs Lynne Moyle in the Finance Office at MoyleL@uffculmeschool.net